The idea of building a motorway service station in canton Uri goes back to the 1970s, when the Gotthard motorway existed only on paper. The service area – with its main building on the northbound carriageway and the accessory building on the southbound carriageway – became operational on 22 May 1980. The construction costs for both buildings amounted to around
CHF 10 million.
Rapidly increasing traffic levels as well as the ever-changing demands of customers prompted repeated development of the Gotthard service station so that customers could be guaranteed the best possible service at all times. In 1983 the seating capacity was increased from 90 to 250; while in 1993 the shop in the accessory building was completely refurbished.
In December 2004 planning began for reconstruction work on the main building and the addition of an extension, a project that was completed three years later. Ever since then a visit to the highly attractive Gotthard service station is a memorable occasion. On 3 July 2009, the opening of the new MY STOP. SHOP, one of the largest and most attractive on the Swiss motorway network, represented a further milestone in the service station’s history. The Gotthard service station has become an important customer in the area in addition to being, with around 150 employees, one of its most important employers. Furthermore, around 80 percent of the Gotthard service station’s purchasing is from local suppliers.